[quote="CopticChristian, post:9, topic:296557"]
You may want to look at the work of Reid Hester found here..
I would imagine you would agree he has satisfactory credentials
then click on his link on behavior therapy found here
then half way down the page on what works found here
Brief interventions **
GABA agonist (Acamprosate)
*Self-change manual (Bibliotherapy) *
Opiate antagonist (Naltrexone)
*Behavioral self-control training *
and then if you want to believe it is a disease then look at the ranking of the disease model approach and the effectiveness down at number
37 & 38..
In other words having your doctor tell you, hey you better cut back on your drinking, lets get some liver tests and we will talk next week...is the most effective
Motivational enhancement is next best
Community reinforcement is 3rd
Self Change is 4th
Behavior self control training is 5th
Community reinforcement is when your family is involved and tells you that you might consider changing your behavior
Sounds like a habit to me and not a disease
What I find very interesting is that you could be debating on the Alcoholism Support group I belong to who refuse to admit powerlessness because it would then involve a power greater than themselves to relieve them of their alcoholism.
If you're not an alcoholic, you have no idea what an alcoholic goes through. Only God was able to lift the obsession to drink. There was NO way I could do it on willpower alone. Took surrender for me.